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Toshiba MES60VK Gigabeat 60 GB Portable Media Player (Black)

3.6 out of 5 stars 159 customer reviews

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  • 60 GB digital media player with Portable Media Center (PMC) interface for movies, photos, and music
  • Supports WMA Lossless, WMA, MP3, WAV, WMV and JPEG formats; built-in FM tuner
  • Transcodes MPEG-4, AVI, and MOV files; video-out jack connects to full-size TV or monitor
  • 2.4-inch WVGA display with 320 x 240 resolution; supports wide range of music and video download services
  • Runs for roughly 20 hours per charge; measures 2.38 x 3.94 x 0.62 inches (W x H x D); 1-year warranty
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Technical Details

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Brand Name: Toshiba
  • Model Number: MES60VK
  • Digital Storage Capacity: 60.0 GB
  • Color: Black
  • Supported Audio Format: MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, WAV
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Product Description

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Product Description



Amazon.com Product Description Aiming to make a mark as one of the market's most powerful and sophisticated portable media players, Toshiba's Gigabeat MES60VK doesn't disappoint. The device employs Microsoft's intuitive Portable Media Center (PMC) software to play your favorite digital movies, music, and photos,

Microsoft's intuitive Portable Media Center makes it easy to play all your media. View larger.

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with support for WMA Lossless, WMA, MP3, WAV, WMV, and JPEG formats. The Windows Media Player application even transcodes MPEG-4, AVI, and MOV formats, making it far more versatile than most video-compatible players. Meanwhile, the MES60VK's 60 GB hard drive is capable of holding a ton of digital media, including about 15,000 songs (more than 1,000 complete albums) at 128 kbps, a mind-boggling 30,000 songs at 64 kbps, and a still-impressive 1,700 songs, or 114 hours, of CD-resolution WAV files.

The PC-only device is also PlaysForSure-certified by Microsoft, which means that it will operate with any similarly designated management software or download service, such as Napster, Rhapsody, and Wal-Mart Music Downloads. Users can also subscribe to movies or TV shows via MTV/Microsoft's Urge, TiVo to Go, Starz Vongo, and a host of other sites. And because the MES60VK is automatically recognized by Windows Media Player 10, you won't need to install drivers of any kind.

Controlling the device couldn't be easier. View larger.
The MES60VK's defining feature, however, is its 2.4-inch QVGA display, which offers a resolution of 320 x 240 (65,000 colors) to ensure elite video and picture quality. Viewers who want to enjoy optimal resolution can switch to landscape mode, or they can output the signal to a full-size TV for group viewing. And serious music fans can download and view album covers on the screen, search for their favorite tracks by scrolling through the album covers, or even set a favorite album as a background image.

The device is prepared for future developments as well, as it's one of the first media players that can be connected to and controlled via the Xbox 360's interface. Finally, the MES60VK serves as a USB host, letting you connect a digital camera to the unit's USB port and then transfer and view the pics immediately--no PC required.

Additional features include a built-in FM tuner with 30 station presets, a docking cradle for charging, and a pair of headphones with an integrated remote control. The MES60VK, which offers roughly 20 hours of music playback per charge, measures a compact 2.38 by 3.94 by 0.62 inches (W x H x D) and is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor.

What's in the Box
MES60VK portable media player, AC adapter, AC adapter cable, earbuds, USB cable, USB conversion cable, AV cable, software CD-ROM, and quick start guide.

Product Information

Product Packaging:Standard Packaging
Product Dimensions 0.5 x 2.4 x 3.9 inches
Item Weight 2 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds
Manufacturer Toshiba
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Item model number MES60VK
Customer Reviews
3.6 out of 5 stars 159 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #3,755 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Players
Date first available at Amazon.com March 28, 2005

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By Ivy Vine VINE VOICE on October 4, 2006
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I can't really give a review yet on the battery performance or say much on all the features as I have only had this 1 day so far, but I like what I see so far... I should mention that I bought the Black 60 GB model...

I took it out of the package and set it up to charge, it took the 3 hours that it says it needs to fully charge. I went to install anything to my computer (laptop with windows XP MCE 2005), and it says to install mediaplayer 10, even if you already have it as the install would also install a few other items that the player needs to work with the Gigabeat S. I have the latest version of Media Player 11 on here, and I didn't need to do anything else (no installations of any kind) to get the Gigabeat working with my system and Sync properly. I also already had the latest updates for MCE 2005 and so I am assuming that if you have the automatic updates turned on, that you would have everything needed as well.

I had never used Media Player for anything but music before (used it to sync with my -now old- Dell DJ 20 (2nd Gen)), but it was nice to see that it would take my files (video and tv) and automatically convert them before transfering/syncing them to my portable. I love the portable's MCE style, and it's great to use in combination with a MCE computer, though I think anyone with even just windows XP would find it pleasant to use (very easy, as you can't go wrong with "My tv", "My music" etc) even without ever having seen the menu system before.
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I purchased this item 3 weeks ago and can honestly say that I am very pleased with my purchase. I was a little hesitant after reading some of the mediocre reviews about battery life and loss of files. Well I already experienced the later issue with loss of files. This occurred on my second day of use with the player. I was attempting to sync with WMP 11 and the computer would not connect to the player. I then clicked "reconnect to the device" and when this completed all my files were gone??? Well I never did figure out why this occurred and I have not experienced this issue since.

Now on to battery life... I have not had any issue with battery life. So far I have received continuous playback for over 6 1/2 hrs and 8 1/2 hours during a trip from NJ to VA and back. After the 6 1/2 hr trip the battery indicator was only 1/4 of the way down and after the 8 1/2 trip back it was 1/2 down. The player was connected to my car stereo, via cassette adapter, and the volume was at level 10. (I can't rate how much more I got out of the battery after the trips because I used the player to show off video and pictures, which uses much more battery) A very important thing to remember about getting optimal battery life is to limit the amount of time that the backlight on the screen is used. Prior to my trip I created a playlist of music that would last over 11 hrs and then shuffled the music and hit the road. I'm a little concerned that everyone who rates the battery at 4-5 hrs or less are manually changing songs, using the screen and draining the battery. The unit ships with the backlight to remain on for 1 minute, this should be changed to 5 secs or 15 secs at the most. There is a reason that the player only gets 2.
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For all you windows operators out there, if you're looking for a competitor that blows the i pod out of the water this is it. If anything it may equal the i pod in many areas, but still my personal choice for space, interface, and software. Instead of just listing pros and cons, I'll go in depth with all categories I can think of.

Overall Quality

Very well built. It's a solid piece of technology and will never fall apart on its own. The original was ridiculous and was practically glued together. This one is bolted together and tightly sealed. If you're a stickler for looks though, i would get a case. It can dent or scratch rather easily, but you really have to try hard to harm the actual device. It also still has a strap attachment.


Incredibly small and lightweight. it's so much smaller than the ipod and is no where near as bulky as it's predecessor. It blows my mind how you can barely notice it in your pocket.


I have to say this is one of the most easy and creative interfaces I've seen on any mp3 player to date. You can scroll through literally everything with the cross buttons, which are now actual buttons by the way. The dedicated buttons on the side make it very easy to pause/play switch songs and volume in any menu. It seems a more applicable version of windows media center has been installed on the actual device. Everything is very clear, and selecting is a breeze. It includes a few nuances like the letter guide that shows up while scrolling quickly down the menus. Unfortunately a few of the good little stuff is from the gigabeat F is not on the gigabeat S, such as the delete from device option, and some other features i would have like to see stay.
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